Digestive disorders are the most prevalent problems affecting millions of people every year. The digestive system is complex, which is why it’s no surprise that there are so many types of digestive disorders that could affect you. And although most digestive diseases are not curable, they are treatable.
The specialists at the Digestive Disease Center at Doctors Hospital know from experience that it’s not easy living with a digestive disorder and they know just how intense the disease can be. If you or a loved one are finding that coping with symptoms of a digestive disease is interfering with a comfortable lifestyle, then it’s time to seek the services of the experts who can fully assess the problem, and develop an individualized treatment plan that works for you.
Understanding and Experience
The comprehensive team at Doctors Hospital includes physicians, nurses, dieticians, and pharmacists who understand what you’re going through because they’ve been there, too. Their personal experiences with digestive disorders, combined with their professional experience and knowledge make them an unbeatable team when it comes to finding a solution for you.
Learn more about the personal and professional experience of a few of our team members:
Dr. Ron Stallings’ Story (General Surgeon)
“When I first experienced symptoms of gallbladder disease, I thought it was just a stomach bug or the flu. In the middle of the night, I developed fever and chills. My wife actually made me get out of bed and go to the ER at Doctors Hospital- and I’m glad she did. I ended up having an emergency surgery. My experience reminded me that even though I routinely perform gallbladder surgery- nothing is routine when it’s your body. I try to make sure that my patients have time to ask question and understand what is going on.”
Shellie Smelser’s Story (Endoscopy Nurse)
“I was diagnosed with stomach ulcers during my teenage years. And I used to experience chronic heartburn due to acid reflux. I know how patients feel when they come in to have diagnostic tests like endoscopies and colonoscopies. You feel nervous and scared. Because I’ve been there, I take extra time to explain every step of the process and I know how to keep people comfortable. I’ve worked closely with my doctors to find a non-surgical treatment solution to manage my digestive disorders- so I can give my patients hope that they really can get better.”
The experts at Doctors Hospital offer a variety of treatment options ranging from dietary management, to therapeutic medication, to surgical intervention. Your physician will utilize the latest diagnostic tests and treatment procedures to address your particular symptoms. Just a few of the leading edge procedures offered at the Digestive Disease Center include:
- Colonoscopy/Endoscopy for cancer screening and diagnostic testing
- daVinci Robotics
- Sacral neurostimulation for bowel incontinence
- Single port/scarless surgery (PDF) - CSRA MD News - “Leading The Way Less Invasively” - November/December 2010
- Incisionless GERD Surgery
To learn more about treatment options or to receive a referral, call (706) 651-4343.